43_Pop up Book

30 Dec

Once upon a time in a far away land, I learned how to make a pop up book… keep reading to learn how to make your own and live happily ever after.

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

 It will take you around 2.5-3 hours, depending on how long a story you decide to turn into a pop up book.

You’ll need:

_A coloured sheet of A4 card

_A4 white paper

_Pencil, black fine liner, black felt tip pen and coloured pencils or markers


_Scissors or a cutter/scalpel and a cutting mat (or surface to cut on)

_Double-sided tape

_A good story to turn into a pop up book. You can choose one you already know or make one up yourself. Either way, it’s best if you go for one that isn’t too long. Remember you’ll have to write and illustrate the whole thing!

How to make your pop up book:

1. Grab an A4 piece of paper and fold it in half.

2. Open it a little and fold the right end inwards, 9o°, as shown in the photos below. 

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

3. Draw a vertical line 1cm from the edge of the folded paper and cut over the line. Make sure that you cut both halves.

When you open the paper again, the 2 triangles that formed with the folding will be the pop up bit of your book; the rest of the page will be where you’ll write your story. This will make the first spread of your book (spread = facing pages).

 4. On the pop up bit make a drawing that illustrates the beginning of your story. I’ll start with the usual “Once upon a time in a far away land” so my illustration is of that “far away land”.

5. When you are happy with your illustration use your fine liner to trace over the edges.

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

6. Using your pencil, draw a few horizontal lines, the same distance from each other, on both pages of the spread (left and right halves of the folded A4). 

7. Write in pencil the beginning lines of your story over the lines you just drew.

8. When you’re happy with the text, use your black felt tip pen to write over the pencil.

9. Add colour to the illustration and any details and decorations to your piece of paper and that’s your first spread done.

10. Do the same with as many pieces of paper as you need to write and illustrate your whole story.

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

Putting all the spreads together:

11. Put a strip of double-sided tape on the back of the right page of each spread.

12. Remove the waxed film from the tape of spread 1 and stick the back of the left page of spread 2 to it. Try to align the edges of both spreads as much as you can.

13. Repeat step 12 until you’ve put all the spreads together. When you finish, you’ll have some sort of concertina. You’ll now be able to flick the pages and see the illustrations pop up as you do so.

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

Making the cover of the book:

14. Add a stip of double sided tape to the back edges of the first and last pages. Don’t remove the film yet.

15. Fold the A4 card in half and put all the pages inside. Make sure they go all the way to the back.

16. Remove the waxed film from the front page and press the card onto it. Turn the book around and do the same with the back. You should now have a fully functional pop up book.

 17. Write the title of you book on the cover, make another illustration if you like, and when you’re happy with it use your liner or felt tip pen to trace over the edges.

18. Add colour and you’re done!

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte
© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte
© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

There you go.. your own pop up book.


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